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MARCUS D TAKES FIRST PLACE AT SEATTLE RED BULL BIG
Top Two Seattle Qualifiers will move on to National Championship in Atlanta
Seattle, WA (August 1, 2009) — As temperatures soared on Friday night, the Pacific Northwest’s
heat wave only got hotter as 12 of the best producers in Seattle went head-to-head at Red Bull Big
Tune. With more than 650 hip-hop fans in attendance at The War Room and a line around the
block, the pounding bass kept heads nodding and made the balmy night bearable. Each of the 12
producers brought their own unique sound to the stage, but the night belonged to the youth, with
both first and second place going to producers under the age of twenty-one. Marcus D was
crowned the Seattle winner, narrowly besting KDCutz, who took second place. Both top two
producers will advance to the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship in Atlanta in October,
The Seattle event marked the fourth stop in a series of eight regional beat competitions designed to
find the most talented up-and-coming U.S. producer with the next “big tune.” Modeled after
Jamaican sound clashes, Red Bull Big Tune distinguishes itself from other beat battles by being a
full-fledged producer program that both provides a platform for emerging talent and works to
educate and inspire the next generation of music makers. Upcoming regional battles include events
in Long Beach, Detroit, Houston and Minneapolis.
“Before the event began, KDCutz and I decided we were going to be the last two standing, and it
turned out we were,” said Marcus D. “There were a lot of great beats played tonight, but the crowd
was with me. I’m so happy to have this opportunity and I’m excited to head to Atlanta!”
During a break in the beat battle, West Coast hip-hop legends BattleCat and DJ Quik took the stage
to give a lesson on the evolution of hip-hop. Both dug deep into their discography, treating fans to
some well-known older cuts and also introducing them to new original material. The crowd was in
sheer awe at seeing the two legends taking turns playing tracks and reminiscing about the
inspiration for creating them.
The winner of the Red Bull Big Tune National Championship receives an opportunity to
collaborate with a recording artist of his/her choice in the prestigious Red Bull Studios in Santa
Monica, Calif. Last year’s Red Bull Big Tune winner opted to work with rapper Nas. Other artists
available for collaboration included Young Buck, Redman and Talib Kweli.
Big Tune began in 2004 as the brainchild of DJ/producer/emcee—Vitamin D and hip hop visionary/
event producer Jonathan Moore – with the purpose of bringing emerging and established talent to
the forefront. After three years of hosting thriving local battles in Seattle, they forged a creative
partnership with Red Bull and the event evolved into a dynamic national producer program.
Red Bull Big Tune made its national television debut on the BET Network last spring with a half-
hour show chronicling the 2008 national finals in New York City. All-star acts such as Digable,
Planets, Ghostface Killah, Alchemist and Sha Money made cameos.
Visit www.redbullbigtune.com to learn more and to find out who will earn the title of Red Bull Big
Tune National Champion in October. For press inquiries please contact: Scott Houston at
firstname.lastname@example.org (310- 740-7099).